Mets earn split with 4-2 win over D-backs

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — When told he was going to start the makeup of Friday's rainout, Daisuke Matsuzaka said he was certain he could go deep into the game, throw maybe 100 pitches, even though he's spent this season in the bullpen.

He never mentioned anything about his hitting.

The 33-year-old right-hander had success with both Sunday, pitching six solid innings and helping the offense-starved Mets with an RBI single as New York salvaged a doubleheader split with a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I'm pretty confident in my hitting so I just wanted to get a hit and get a run in," the .185 career hitter coming in said through a translator. "I wanted to pitch as deep into the game as I could and today I was able — that was the least I could've done."

Bobby Abreu added a run-scoring double in a rare chance to play because Eric Young Jr. was held out with a tight right hamstring. He will be examined by a doctor before the Mets decide if the speedy outfielder needs to go on the disabled list.

Outfielder Matt den Dekker is on his way to New York from Triple-A Las Vegas in case Young goes on the DL.

The Diamondbacks used a miscue by Daniel Murphy in the ninth and turned a season high-tying five double plays for a 2-1 victory in the opener.

Anthony Recker had a career high four hits. Pinch-hitter Ruben Tejada hit a tiebreaking single off Triple-A Reno callup Zeke Spruill (0-1) in the sixth inning for the Mets, who have won just three of 11 games.

"We realize we're not hitting, we're not scoring runs. When you can win a game, when you can get a big hit — Ruben had a tremendous big hit for us — it's a lift," manager Terry Collins said. "It's nice to go into the next series with a W."

Murphy added an RBI single in the eighth for New York. Jenrry Mejia pitched the ninth for his third save after getting the loss in the opener. It's the first time the converted starter pitched twice in a day and he is finally feeling like a closer.

"Right now I feel pretty good. Let's see how I feel (Monday)," he said. "It's unbelievable."

The 33-year-old Matsuzaka (2-0) made 123 starts and one relief appearance in seven big league seasons before being called up by the Mets in mid-April.

The longest of his 14 relief outings this season was 3 2-3 innings and 56 pitches. But he threw 98 pitched and allowed only three hits.

Other than a three-batter sequence in the second when Aaron Hill led off with a single, Martin Prado got a favorable carom for an RBI triple and Cody Ross followed with a run-scoring groundout, Matsuzka was sharp. He struck out six, walked one and hit a batter.

Matsuzaka got a run back for the Mets when he sent a broken-bat flare into left field in the second inning.

"It tells you the kind of heart he's got," Collins said of Matsuzaka. "He knows we needed help."